University staff members can learn more about everything from consumer rights in identity-theft cases to the new Residential Commons during SMU Staff DayThursday, Oct. 31 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center lower level.
The 16 planned sessions include a workshop on tuition benefits, a look at SMU’s sustainability programs, and a docent-guided tour of the Meadows Museum’s latest major exhibition, Impressions of Europe: Nineteenth-Century Vistas by Martin Rico.
The SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) will present achievement awards and recognize outstanding University employees during its 11th annual Staff Association Assembly and Recognition Ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in McFarlin Auditorium. A reception precedes the event at 10 a.m.
President R. Gerald Turner will give his annual State of SMU speech, as well as the ceremony’s keynote address. SMUSA will present the 2012 Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award and Presidential Recognition Awards. The event also honors staff members who are celebrating their 25th anniversary with the University.
The recognition ceremony will be followed by an afternoon of special events honoring Staff Development Day. Activities include:
SMU staff members can get more out of Spring Break 2011 by participating in the Staff Association‘s 2011 Staff Development Day. This year’s events will be held 1-3:45 p.m. Thursday, March 17, after the annual Staff Recognition Ceremony.
This year’s activities include:
Session A: 1-2:15 p.m.
Session A1: En La Cocina
Learn tricks to spice up springtime meals and simple, homemade recipes in this cooking demo by the chefs of SMU Dining. Ask questions, enjoy delicious food and leave with more knowledge to make your home experience more enjoyable. RSVP for Session A1
Session A2: Lawn Care: Tricks of the Trade
O’Donnell Hall, Owen Fine Arts Center Ann Allen, senior horticulturist in SMU Facilities Management and Sustainability, will discuss best practices in getting that perfect lawn. Discussion on evergreen ground covers, soil preparation and planting process. Plenty of time for questions and answers. RSVP for Session A2
Session B: 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Session B1: Happiness and the Power of Positive Psychology
O’Donnell Hall, Owen Fine Arts Center
A discussion on the power of positive psychology facilitated by Jeff Strese, director of SMU Human Resources. Learn what enables happiness, how hope affects your overall health and ways to unleash your talents and creativity by being happy. Leave feeling energized and focused on the future! RSVP for Session B1
Session B2: Meadows Museum Docent Tour of The Lost Manuscripts from the Sistine Chapel
Join docents from SMU’s Meadows Museum on an epic journey from Rome to Toledo in this guided tour of the Museum’s latest blockbuster exhibition. RSVP for Session B2
“This year’s Staff Development Day is full of unique programming,” says Gretchen Voight, assistant registrar for academic ceremonies and Staff Association president-elect. “You won’t want to miss lunch where you’ll learn about SMU’s surprise beginnings. A medical college – who knew?”
A continental breakfast will be served at the opening keynote; lunch is available for a nominal fee. For more information and registration options, visit the SMU Staff Association website.